About Valerie Young

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known speaker, a leading expert on the impostor syndrome, and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business, a division of Random House) now available in five languages.

Her career-related tips have been cited in these and other publications around the world. In addition Valerie has been interviewed on countless national and local radio programs in the US and Canada and on WPIX Channel 11 in New York.

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A former manager of strategic marketing at a Fortune 200 company herself, Dr. Valerie Young has shared her highly relatable and practical advice to tens of thousands of executives, managers, and professionals at for-profit companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Impostor feelings are pervasive in higher education. Little wonder that Valerie has spoken to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at over 60 major colleges and universities including:

Amherst College
Boston University
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cal Tech
Clarkson University
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
Colby College
Columbia University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana Tech
MIT
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Meharry Medical College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technical University
Mount Holyoke College
NYU Medical School
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Radcliffe College
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Stanford University
State University of New York
Texas A&M University
University of California Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, SF
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of North Dakota
University of Ohio
University of Pennsylvania (3x)
University of Texas (3x)
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Wake Forest University
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University

Valerie’s insight and humor have made her a popular keynote and guest speaker at numerous conferences and association meetings including:

Alberta Business Women
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society for Mechanical Engineers
American Society for Microbiology
American Women in Radio and Television
Association of Women in Science
Bernardsville, NY Business Women
Connecticut Bar Association
Helena Montana Women’s Leadership Network
Hampshire Country (MA) District Attorney Office
International Association of Venue Managers
Iowa Women’s Conference
Leadership Alliance
Michigan Women Psychologists
Montana Association of Female Executives
National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates & Women Engineering Program Advocate Network (Joint Conference)
National Association of Social Workers
National Lung Cancer Partnership
Professional Secretaries International
Society of Women Engineers
Utah Women Attorneys
Women’s Enterprise Center, British Columbia
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan
Women in Jewelry Association
Women of Vision (Optometrists)
YWCA of North Central Indiana
Zonta International

Finally, Valerie is also the founder and Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com where she inspires her 28,000-plus subscribers to make a living doing what they love without a job.

She created the first and only career coach training program that focuses exclusively on the unique needs of people seeking to create their own job. To date, over 270 people from 16 countries have become licensed Profiting from Your Passions® Career Coaches.

Want to learn more about Valerie’s personal Impostor Story?

Other books by Valerie Young:

Being Realistic is Killing Your Dreams: 7 Lessons for Living Life on Purpose, Working at What You Love, and Following Your Own Road (Changing Course Publishing)

Finding Your Calling: The Handbook for People Who Still Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (Changing Course Publishing)

There’s Got to Be More to Life Than This! 10 Steps to Escaping the Job World and Creating the Life You Really Want Personal Planner (Changing Course Publishing)

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